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Smeds, Pia; Jeronen, Eila; Kurppa, Sirpa – European Journal of Educational Research, 2015
Personal connections to agriculture have decreased considerably in Finland during the last few decades due to structural changes in agriculture. In this study, we will elucidate the understanding and conception of agriculture amongst urban pupils who have grown up during the 21st century. The research strategy consists of intervention in form of a…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Field Trips, Agriculture, Student Attitudes
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Sormunen, Kari; Köksal, Mustafa Serdar – European Journal of Educational Research, 2014
Majority of NOS studies comprise of determination or assessment studies conducted with ordinary students. In order to gain further understanding on variation in NOS understandings among the students, there should be different research attempts focusing on unconventional students such as academically advanced students. The purpose of this study is…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Student Attitudes, Scientific Attitudes, Epistemology
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Saloviita, Timo – European Journal of Educational Research, 2013
Lesson starts are transitional events which may cause management problems for teachers. In this study 131 lesson starts of equally many teachers were observed in primary and secondary schools in Finland. The results indicated that, in general, the problems were minimal. However, for various reasons lesson starts were delayed by an average of about…
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Classroom Observation Techniques, Secondary School Teachers, Time Management
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Uusiautti, Satu; Määttä, Kaarina – European Journal of Educational Research, 2013
This study focused on the phenomenon of success at work asking whether it would be possible to find factors from top workers' children and school experiences that would explain their later success. This study was a part of a larger research in which Finnish top workers, employees of the year, who have been selected as successful professionals of…
Descriptors: Employees, Employee Attitudes, Success, Experience
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Mäensivu, Kati-Tuulia; Uusiautti, Satu; Määttä, Kaarina – European Journal of Educational Research, 2012
The contribution of special needs assistants (SNA) is becoming increasingly important in inclusive and special classrooms. However, the profession itself has remained unexplored. The purpose of this article is to describe special needs assistants' perceptions on their education, professional competence, the content and significance of their work…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Special Needs Students, Teacher Aides, Questionnaires
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Uusiautti, Satu; Määttä, Kaarina – European Journal of Educational Research, 2012
Due to Finnish pupils' achievements in international comparisons, also Finnish teacher training has been widely acknowledged. Today's educational policies aim at making teacher training more effective in Finland. However, in order to realize this in practice, not only reforms in educational policy or institutions are enough. More attention should…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Study Habits, Learning Processes, Teacher Educators